Au Hasard Balthazar
Drama • 1966 • 1 hr 36 min
This is a rewatch film. I still think about it. It's complexity and simplicity disguised through a unique disjointed method of editing.
If you can forget everything you've learned about film, you might find this one amazing. A French village thru the eyes of a donkey.
It is a deep focus on human doings, through the eyes of a neutral donkey. It is slow but it's meant to be and it slowly makes you wonder.
An unique movie, a view about humanity by the eyes of a Dunk. And its truly good
This is the kind of movie I never seen before. My new favorite.
It's a rough viewing experience, but it can surprise you.
Relentlessly bleak despite the underlying theme of faith, it's well worth a watch but will crush you.
Not enough movies about donkeys. Also Bresson never makes Balthazar feel like a human-animal. Spiritual, moving.
Beyond slow. A lot of metaphors flying around. It’s shot really well, but it’s insanely slow, not for me, others love it
"Amateur pickpocket goes pro" and "Man attempts prison escape" are good but I wasn't as compelled by "Young girl gets shit on".
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Michel takes up pickpocketing on a lark and is arrested soon after. His mother dies shortly after his release, and despite the objections of his only friend, Jacques, and his mother's neighbor Jeanne, Michel teams up with a couple of petty thieves in order to improve his craft. With a police inspector keeping an eye on him, Michel also tries to get a straight job, but the temptation to steal is hard to resist.
Claudia and Anna join Anna's lover, Sandro, on a boat trip to a remote volcanic island. When Anna goes missing, a search is launched. In the meantime, Sandro and Claudia become involved in a romance despite Anna's disappearance, though the relationship suffers from guilt and tension.
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Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen during their stay. Anna provokes her sister by enjoying a dalliance with a local man, while the boy, left to himself, has a series of enigmatic encounters that heighten the growing air of isolation.
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